Sunday, 31 July 2011
Review: Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Author: Simone Elkeles
Separated by the car accident that left Maggie with a permanent disability and sent driver Caleb to jail for hitting her, the two teens are surprised to encounter each other in Re-START, a monthlong program where teens talk about how their lives were changed by reckless driving. Everyone wants to keep them apart, but they end up in a van with four other teens and a program counselor. Only Caleb and Maggie know that although he did the time, he didn’t commit the crime. Is a month long enough to undo the damage inflicted by the accident, their families, and each other?
LOVE! I enjoyed this book a lot. I knew I would. It takes place 9 months after Leaving Paradise. Maggie has accepted her disability and is learning to be a new person who isn't afraid to try new things. She is learning to live without Caleb. He's gone remember? He's not written or called. She is a bit bitter about it. I know I would be! But then she comes face to face with him. They have to spend a month traveling together. This is their story coming to terms with who they are and what they want. Parts of this story just tore me apart! I was rooting for them the whole way. I wanted Caleb to be the guy he was suppose to be instead of the ex-con. I loved every bit of this book. It flowed effortlessly. Oh to be a teen with such trivial problems... Haha! I really loved this series. It was just what I needed this week.
"My brain tells me it will be better to just let him go.
My heart... not so much."